How to stop spam on your iPhone with this almost secret hidden switch

You get a ton of spam text messages. How annoying is it when your iPhone notification is interrupted just because it’s just another useless message? Here is a secret. you can force them to disappear using the functionality already installed in iOS.

Here’s how you do it.

1. Open Settings

Scroll down, down և down, until you find Messages. Click on it.


Scroll until you find “Filter Unknown Messages”

This is magic. Turn it on. It takes about three pages to find this, but it’s worth it.


3. End

Now, if you go to your messaging app, you’ll see tabs at the top of the screen. On the left will be “Contacts և SMS”, which will contain messages from contacts known in your address book. The new “Unknown Senters” tab will be on the right.


When you receive a message from the sender that is not in your address book, you will not receive a notification. It will be released in this tab instead.

Warning. When “Filter unknown senders” is enabled, it becomes very possible to add all legitimate senders to your address book. Any messages from numbers not in your contacts will appear in the Unknown Senders tab. If you expect text from an acquaintance, be sure to enter it in your address book. Otherwise, you should scan this list to see if there is anything new to look out for.

Related warning. Employees of services like Door Dash, Uber Eats, and InstaCart often use rotating text message numbers to contact customers when shopping or picking up. If you expect delivery from any of these services, be sure to check your Unknown Senders tab during the shipping window.

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In some cases, this need for extra diligence may be the reason why the function is turned off by default. For new iOS users who have a blank contact app, all messages will be from contacts not in the address book. That said, this is such a big advantage that it’s worth a little extra effort to add contacts from whom you want to receive text notifications.

Let us know if you’re excited about this new feature. How many spam messages do you receive these days? Share in the comments section below.

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